Silas Marner, by George Elliot: Prejudice Within The Town Of Ravelo

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In the book Silas Marner, written by George Elliot, many important themes are presented. It deals with things such as greed, prejudice, superstition, love, isolation and others. All the characters have different traits and all fit in to these themes. Prejudice is the most prevalent theme, in this book. All of the people in Ravelo were extremely prejudice against outsiders. Here are three characters that were victims of prejudice.

First, there's Slilas Marner, an old miser. His only joy in life is to sit at home and count his money. He moved to a town called Ravelo from his hometown of Lantern Yard. He was forced to do so because the people of Lantern Yard falsely accused him of a crime. When Silas arrived in Ravelo, the people looked at him as if he was inhuman. Silas suffered from epileptic fits. Also he liked to stay indoors and count his money. The towns' people thought that these were signs that he consorted with the devil. When Silas' money was stolen one night, he went to the Rainbow, a neighborhood hang out, to report the crime. After that episode, the towns' people started to come around a little and began to talk with Silas on occasion. Dolly Winthrop was one of these people, and actually became good friends with Silas. When Eppie came along to Silas, people didn't think he would be a suitable parent. Dolly stood up for Silas and said that he would make a fine parent. Just because Silas was a little eccentric, people looked down upon him as though he was not good enough for them to be around.

Then there was Molly. She was Godfrey Cass' wife. She was to be kept secret from everyone, especially Squire Cass. If he ever found out that Godfrey had been married to her all along he would disown him. Molly was addicted to opium; therefore she was not worthy enough to be married to Godfrey Cass "the good son". Molly had a daughter by Godfrey, who was also to be kept a secret. When molly overdosed on New Years Eve, the baby fell out of he arms and wandered...
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